New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): The work of installation of the Platform Screen Doors (PSDs) at RRTS stations on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor has been started. It has been started from Guldhar RRTS station of the priority section. In this process, various parts of platform screen doors such as automatic sliding doors, fixed door panels, platform end gates, emergency escape doors, and fixed screens are being installed on the platform.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has given utmost importance to the safety of passengers since its inception. The installation of platform screen doors is another such step in this direction. Platform screen doors will be integrated with RRTS train doors and the ETCS Level-2 signaling system, resulting in train doors opening and closing simultaneously with platform screen doors. For the safety of the passengers, the train will run only when the doors of the train and platform screen doors are closed.
NCRTC is implementing Hybrid Level 3 technology of the European Train Control System (ETCS Level-2), for the operation of RRTS trains which is one of the most advanced signaling and train control systems in the world. Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio-based signaling system will be the first of its kind facilitating the latest digital interlocking with automatic train operations (ATO). This will enable higher frequency of the train services, better headway and more throughput.
The platform screen doors will act as a barrier between the train and the tracks for the safety of the passengers, thereby ensuring better crowd management at the stations as well as avoiding any untoward incidents such as passengers falling on the tracks. This will not only help in preventing unforeseen incidents but will also reduce the risk of accidents.
The process of installing platform screen doors for the remaining stations of the priority section has also started. It will pick up the pace with the completion of the roof sheds of the stations. The work of installation of Platform Screen Doors on RRTS corridor is being done by M/s Alstom.
The trains that will run on the RRTS corridor will primarily consist of 6 coaches, comprising 5 standard and one premium class coach. Each standard class coach will have 3 doors on one side and the premium class coach will have 2 doors. Accordingly, there will be a total of 17 doors on the entire train. Based on this, a total of 17 platform screen doors will be installed on each platform of the RRTS stations.
NCRTC is also taking various other measures to ensure the safety and comfort of the passengers. Separate coaches for women, CCTV monitoring at stations and trains, pre-determined space for wheelchairs and stretchers in the trains besides larger lifts to move stretchers at stations are some of the important measures.
RRTS was conceptualized to facilitate safe, reliable and fast travel in the National Capital Region and NCRTC is taking all possible measures to ensure the same. Some of the important reasons behind the implementation of this project are to decongest the national capital, reduce vehicular traffic and air pollution, and ensure balanced regional development.
NCRTC is using state-of-the-art technologies to ensure safe and timely completion of works while minimizing inconvenience to the commuters, business owners and residents of the region.